Medical Dermatology

Cutis Marmorata

Cutis marmorata is the name given to a skin condition which appears as a faint, lacy, and red/blue pattern. The image shows the affected areas outlined in red.

There are a few different clinical scenarios which can give rise to cutis marmorata.

The first and most […]

Congenital Nevus

Congenital is a word that means “present from birth” while a nevus is the medical term for a mole.

Therefore, a congenital nevus is a mole that was present on the body from birth. This distinguishes a congenital nevus from a regular mole – most […]

Calcipotriene (Vitamin D)

Calcipotriene is one of a number of synthetic drugs that mimic the action of vitamin D, the chemical structure of which is shown below.

Its main use is as an ointment in the treatment of psoriasis. Vitamin D is naturally produced by the body when […]

Folliculitis Barbae

Folliculitis Barbae, most commonly known as razor bumps, is a condition that consists of irritated red bumps around the hair follicles, mainly in the beard area. Men suffer from this condition most often due to frequent shaving of sensitive facial areas. If left untreated, […]


Chancroid is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the organism Haemophilus ducreyi – a bacteria. The hallmark of this disease is an exquisitely painful ulcer on the genitals. The sexually transmitted infection syphilis may initially present very similarly, but can almost always be differentiated […]

April 19, 2018